Shore lands development have restrictions for safety and maintenance. Use must not contribute to erosion, riverbank failure, settling, gullying, or interfere with the riverbank protection (rip-rap) program.

Riparian zones (shorelines) cannot be developed over 30 per cent of the area. When over 30 per cent, we encourage restoration to preserve environmental, fish and wildlife habitats.

Public Reserves areas are provided for use of all residents in most subdivisions. We only permit development in these areas by a recognized Cottage Owners Association.

Structures and landscaping


  • Sand beaches are contained and located above normal high water level.
  • Existing rip-rap (rock placed on shoreline) cannot be moved or removed.
  • Wooden steps may be built over existing rip-rap for pedestrian access to water.
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada must approve
    • pea gravel used in water;
    • cobbles placed over the existing rip-rap for pedestrian access to water.

Boat houses

  • Single storey.
  • Peaked roof 4/12 pitch.
  • Flat-top boat houses are not allowed.
  • Non-habitable structure maximum width 7.3 metres.
  • Size restrictions vary, depending on development.

Boat docks

  • Removable structure only.
  • Size restrictions vary, depending on development (but usually less than 10 metres).
  • A concrete pad to anchor dock to the shore may be permitted (above high water level) if no other alternative is practical.


  • Railing required as per building codes.
  • Not permitted higher than 1.2 metres above normal water level if located by water.
  • May not overhang water more than 0.9 metres from shoreline.

Gazebos and sunrooms

  • Non-habitable and moveable structure only.
  • Distance to water varies, depending on development.


  • A detailed plan should be submitted describing vegetation and material to be removed.


  • Above ground and underground waterlines are permitted, but require the necessary approval.
  • Directional drilling preferred (no alterations to bank).


  • Minimum setback 6 metres from water’s edge.

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